Congress shells out $30 million to halt digital piracy

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Congress has agreed to shell out an additional $30 million to help thwart digital piracy.

The funds reportedly include $20 million in grants for state and local Internet crime prevention, $8 million for new FBI agents monitoring IP criminal activity and $2 million for Department of Justice (DoJ) IP prosecutions.

Unsurprisingly, the decision was praised MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, who opined that the funds would help "protect" American jobs and creativity.

"Congress took a major step forward by providing $30 million in funding for new FBI agents, federal prosecutors, and local and state law enforcement grants," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said in a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.

"[This will help] protect American jobs and creativity by cracking down on the theft of movies and other intellectual property."?

Glickman also offered his approval of the recently implemented Operation Holiday Hoax, which targeted illegal vendors in major US cities and led to the seizure of 79,796 counterfeit CDs and 79,610 DVDs. ?

"Copyright industries in the U.S. lose $25.6 billion a year in revenue to piracy, the US economy loses nearly 375,000 jobs either directly or indirectly related to the copyright industry, and American workers lose more than $16 billion in annual earnings," claimed Glickman.  ??

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